“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.” – Tom Peters

Isn’t it something how top brands continue to innovate, putting out the best of the best in their industry? When Apple releases a new iPhone, people line outside the store hoping to be one of the first to try this new product.

Successful companies and individuals are exceptionally skilled at recognizing opportunity and taking initiative to explore new frontiers. This bent toward open-mindedness plays a big role in setting industry leaders apart from competitors.

Opportunity awaits

So how can we all better recognize and embrace future opportunities? Let’s start with three simple steps:

  • Think
  • Picture
  • Plan

Think about the possibilities ahead

At the start of each month, each week, or even each day, take time to think about the opportunities ahead. Is there a new idea you’ve had but haven’t yet shared with your team? Has someone invited you to join a networking group? Do you see opportunities for a leadership role in the near future?

Don’t be afraid to think big and often. List all the many opportunities set before you and note anything that comes to mind.

Picture the outcome

Reflect on what it would mean to take advantage of these opportunities. If you were to take initiative and explore the possibilities you listed in step one, what would this mean for you, your team, or your business? Take them one at a time and think about the type of impact each opportunity would create.

If any of these possibilities could lead to a worthwhile outcome, move these from future opportunities to new goals.

Plan your journey

Now that you have new goals, create a plan of action:
  • Think about the why behind each new goal
  • Write down the action steps needed to succeed
  • Highlight an immediate action step you can take to start your journey
  • Set SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-based)
  • Share your goals and your plan with an accountability partner and ask for this person to help keep you on track
An opportunity awaits perspective requires effort 
Top brands and influencers often look for future possibilities and turn these possibilities into accomplishments. These companies and individuals aren’t afraid to take risks and are willing to spend the time, effort and resources needed to achieve new goals.
Do you have any tips for creating and maintaining an opportunity awaits perspective? Share in the comments below!